I spent about an hour today fanning through various books on Italian architecture in the 15th-16th centuries and came to this conclusion: we have gotten a lot worse at building (partially bc the average person is legally forbidden to make substantial modifications to the property that they own) but we have gotten so much better at architecture.

Renaissance Italian cathedrals, places, villas are ornate to a degree I find creepy and unnatural. Thank the lord god in heaven we don't build shit like that anymore.

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But the average, nay even the WORST Italian working class row house was the height of building, imo. Simple and functional, yet makes the heart soar.

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All this being said, I find post-war Italian suburbs quite charming and would probably rather live there than in an old row house in Florence that doesn't get light or ventilation...

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@Elmkast Le Corbusier has a lot of good points! We live in houses that are so dark, that what little light comes in through the window has to be impeded with curtains so as not to be blinding… we don't need to build houses like this anymore

@Elmkast It sounds like you would really enjoy "The Timeless Way of Building." One of his fundamental points is that great architecture evolves in societies where people build and design their own living spaces. Cultural iteration over lone genius.

@rustyswarf Already read it! I'm a huge fan of c.a and his nature of order series in particular

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